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The NAIL construct is intended to empower a culture of innovation where ideas can come from anywhere and any level, and anyone can be an Innovation Champion.

Innovation Champions can come from anywhere to promote an idea which may propel innovative acquisition techniques and smart program management tools across the NASA enterprise.

The Nail Framework Cycle: 1. Empathize, 2. Define, 3. Idea Generation, 4. Prototype Solutions, 5. Test and Evaluate
  1. Empathize: What are our pain points?
  2. Define the problem
  3. Idea Generation: Agressive collaboration and refinement of idea using divergent thinking techniques
  4. Prototype Solutions: Select and prepare for test cases.
  5. Test and Evaluate

The Launchpad will apply NASA’s culture of exploration and innovation to the acquisition life cycle and empower innovation to meet objectives and challenges through managed risk-taking and bridges for industry input.

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NAIL Team:

  • Mr. Geoffrey Sage, Director, Enterprise Strategic Analysis Division (ESAD)
  • Dr. Jennifer Elkins, Program Manager, NASA Acquisition Innovation Launchpad (NAIL)